The IPL-7 caravan finally rolls into town on Tuesday evening with the Kolkata Knight Riders facing the Chennai Super Kings in their first home match of the season. Metro lists what you need to know before you set off for the Eden Gardens
- Match starts at: 8pm
- Stadium gates
open at: 6pm
- Players arrive at: 6pm. The teams are likely to take the ground for a warm-up as soon as they reach
| The facade of the Eden Gardens wears the KKR colours on match-eve. (Pradip Sanyal)
Shah Rukh Khan is: Expected in the stands for his franchise’s first match at home this IPL. Juhi Chawla, too.
You can carry: Your mobile phone and a handbag. And don’t forget your ticket!
You can’t carry: Water, food, mirror, crackers, sharp-edged instruments, matchbox and lighter.
Look out for: Eden’s new giant clock, 7ft in diameter.
It has been installed in the middle tier of the clubhouse to display the official Eden Time.
Weather watch: Tuesday will be hot and uncomfortable with the heatwave tipped to continue for at least another 24 hours. The temperature is likely to be around 40 degrees Celsius in the afternoon but should drop by the time the match starts. Eden will still be stuffy, though.
To beat the heat: The CAB has asked for five lakh water pouches instead of the usual 2.5 lakh.
The number of stalls selling cold drinks will also be higher.
Two “mini hospitals” have been set up below blocks J and L in addition to the existing medical unit on the first floor of the clubhouse. The number of ambulances on call has been doubled from two to four.
|Shah Rukh Khan is likely to be at Eden on Tuesday, according to KKR sources
Playlist: Pink Floyd to Palat. “The TV crew sets
up cameras and other stuff around 4pm and they tend
to love Pink Floyd and Dire Straits, so I will start my set playing rock music. I will switch to contemporary English and Hindi pop once the match commences. I intend to play Palat, I Love It by Icona Pop and when Manish Pandey walks in, it will be Tune mari entriyaan from Gunday. Besides, I will definitely play Pitbull,” says DJ Girish.
Last-minute tickets: Can be bought on Tuesday from the Mohammedan Sporting Ground and select Café Coffee Day, Spencer’s and The MobileStore outlets, provided they are not sold out online.
Traffic barred: On Auckland Road, North Brooke Avenue and Kingsway from 6pm till 2am. High court-bound cars could be allowed to move along Esplanade Row West, instead of Auckland Road and North Brooke Avenue
Parking: Is prohibited on both sides of Kingsway, Auckland Road, Government Place East, Rani Rashmoni Avenue, Old Court House Street, Red Road, Mayo Road and Dufferin Road.
Vehicles with stickers can be parked at:
- Green stickers: opposite clubhouse
- Yellow stickers: west
and south of Mohun Bagan Ground
- Pink stickers: north of Mohammedan Sporting Ground
- Blue stickers: south of Basket Ball Ground
- Red stickers: on Strand Road
Park vehicles without stickers: At the Rangers Club ground, on first-come-first-serve basis
Park two-wheelers: South of Mohammedan Sporting Ground and on Strand Road